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US Businesses Back Tea Party Republicans After Shutdown

US Businesses Back Tea Party Republicans After Shutdown

Business groups waged a fierce lobbying campaign last month to convince Republicans to re-open the government and raise the debt ceiling, but many of the most influential U.S. corporations have not cut off support to lawmakers who did not heed their appeal.

Eight of the most active business PACs wrote checks totaling $84,750 to 56 Republicans in the Senate and the House of Representatives after they voted against an October 16 deal to re-open the government that had been shut down since October 1 and avert an imminent debt default, according to a Reuters analysis.

Last month’s fight widened a split between Republican lawmakers associated with the grassroots Tea Party movement and the party’s more pragmatic business allies.

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